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A Tale of Two Sons: The Inside Story of a Father, His Sons, and a Shocking Murder Hardcover – Bargain Price, April 1, 2008
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Though most people know something of this parable, very few really understand it. We see this even in the name assigned to it--the Parable of the Prodigal Son. The story, after all, was not meant to be primarily a feel-good tale of a father's love for his son, though certainly it is that, too. Rather, "it is a powerful wake-up call with a very earnest warning." The purpose of the parable, as Jesus delivered it, centered on the elder brother--the very character who is so often overlooked in popular re-tellings of the tale.
In the book's opening chapter MacArthur makes clear the central and culminating lesson of the parable: "Jesus is pointing out the stark contrast between God's own delight in the redemption of sinners and the Pharisees' inflexible hostility toward those same sinners." Though the younger son is important to the story, his redemption is not the main point. Rather, this parable is to serve as "a mirror for every human heart and conscience" that will reflect either God's love for fallen sinners or a human hardness and arrogance that would deny that such hardened sinners could ever know His love.
A Tale of Two Sons is classic John MacArthur.Read more ›
I appreciate the `angle' that they took in writing and publishing this book. The whole feel of the book comes across as a story. Everything from the font on the cover, the image of a burly figure, to the subtitle of (The inside story of a Father, His Sons, and a Shocking Murder), all reflect the type of drama we would expect in a masterful story. And it is helpful to remember that this is, after all, a story told by Jesus himself, to communicate spiritual truth.
The book is broken neatly into four main parts:
The Parable, which provides a wide-angeled preview;
The Prodigal, which deals with the rebellious son
The Father, which obviously deals with the gracious and forgiving father
The Elder Brother, which identifies his own rebellious heart
The basic summary of the book and the parable is that the prodigal son is the rebellious sinner who has squandered the good gifts of God and in his own heart truly wished death upon God.Read more ›
This book is well written, and like all other Macarthur books, it is deeply researched. You will gain new insights to this wonderful story and your heart will be touched by the unconditional love of Jesus. This book rips apart the hypocritical spirit that plagues the church today and turns sinners away from the Gospel of grace.
It will be worth every penny you spend and time you invest to read this timely book.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Educational, enlightening in that the customs of the Biblical Era in which the lost son would have existed made the overarching meaning far deeper and the love of the Father more... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Donna B. Good
John Macauthur is a man of God and his books give glory. Especially this one.Published 15 months ago by twotone
This was an excellent read, J. MacArthur breaks down the story of the prodigal son with the relevance of the time and audience to which Jesus was speaking... Read morePublished 17 months ago by DB-AZ
Wonderful insight into the love God has for us as lost sinners!!!
The Father shows his love and compassion for both his sons. Read more
This is the best insight into the parable of the Prodigal Son ever written. It explains the culture, context and the purpose of Jesus , not only for the Parable , but for all of... Read morePublished on January 13, 2014 by Jim Richardson
Excellent study about the prodigal son and his ventures in life. I used the book in my Bible Study. Impressive.Published on November 16, 2013 by P. Little
Again, MacArthur shed clarity and light upon even a story that one has heard reference for most of their life. I great read.Published on October 2, 2013 by Kay. Griggs
Great treatment of an important topic. Recommend it to anyone interested. Ranks great along with MacArthur's other books. Certainly good.Published on September 9, 2013 by Harold J. Seppala
John MacArthur dives into the parable and makes things very interesting. I am reading through this book and finding it very addictive. Read morePublished on June 9, 2013 by John Wolf